Donna Davis was an anchor on WMC-TV 5 from 2000-2008.


Arrangements have been finalized for former Memphis news anchorwoman Donna Davis, who died Sunday at the age of 47.

Davis’ visitation services will take place Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Joe Ford Funeral Home at 1616 Winchester Rd. Funeral services will be held on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. at New Growth in Christ Christian Church at 7550 East Shelby Dr.

Davis was born and raised in Jackson, Tenn. and studied journalism at the University of Memphis where she graduated summa cum laude in 1991.

She started on radio, when WMC-AM had a news-talk format. She later switched to TV news, working in California and Ohio before returning to Memphis in 2000.

Davis co-anchored the evening newscasts with Joe Birch on WMC Action News 5 from 2000-2008. Davis’ family confirmed the death Monday, though the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

From earlier:

WMC-TV is reporting that Donna Davis, a popular anchor on the NBC Affiliate for many years, has passed away. From WMC-TV Action News 5’s website:

Former WMC Action News 5 anchor Donna Davis died Sunday.

Donna’s family confirmed the death Monday. The cause of her death has not been disclosed at this time.

Davis served alongside Joe Birch on the WMC anchor team from December 2000 to December 2008. She interviewed several well-known figures including Oprah Winfrey, B.B. King and Al Green.

Donna began her career in journalism at WMC radio in the mid-1990s, where she was a street reporter and hosted a talk show on WMC 790 News Talk.

She was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Memphis in 1991.

Donna leaves behind her husband, Rufus, and son, Trey, who is a student at LSU.

No information yet on services. More on this story as details emerge.